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WWE Hall of Famer Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart has hit out at the WWE locker room for not being able to tell a story in the ring.

In an interview with TalkSport whilst visiting the UK, the ‘Hitman said, “I think I was a better storyteller than any of the wrestlers they’ve got today. I watched WrestleMania this year and there’s no drama anymore. They do some amazing stuff, there are some incredible athletes, but people don’t know how to tell a story.”

Hart is considered to be one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, and was with the company from 1984 until leaving for WCW in 1997 after the infamous ‘Montreal Screw Job.’

When asked about negative comments recently made towards him by former WCW Executive Vice President Eric Bischoff, Hart responded, “Eric Bischoff is a total complete idiot, maybe the single stupidest idiot that ever got into wrestling.

“He never came through on anything he said, he had zero ideas on wrestling, and if you went to him with ideas he’d always have some ridiculous reason he couldn’t do it.”

Hart would spend only three years in WCW until being forced to retire due to injury sustained in a match with Goldberg.

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Jimmy and Jey Usos spoke with Fox 45 News to help promote SmackDown coming to Baltimore. Here are some of the highlights:

Getting ready for matches:

Jimmy: “It’s all about longevity. Gotta keep that body, that car tuned up. That car can look nice on the outside, but if the engine ain’t runnin’ right you’re going to break down.”

Jey: “[We] play some Bob Marley, get in our own little corner. We get dressed and go over the game plan.”

Getting to be themselves on TV:

Jimmy: “Our characters – we’re lucky – we basically get to just be us out there. Some guys actually have to be somebody [else] or a character. I’m glad we get to be us, so that works. It’s easy, because it’s real.”

Being together for so long and how they got into wrestling:

Jimmy: “We are the longest running tag team ever in WWE History. … Four brothers, we grew up beating each other up, watching my Dad and family on TV. Breaking coffee tables, putting holes in walls, jumping off couches, it’s natural [being in the ring].”

WWE Champion AJ Styles was recently a guest on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast, which you can listen to here. Below are some highlights:

If he plays video games when he goes home:

“Everybody knows that [I need my alone time], that is why they have their Xbox and I have mine. My oldest son got one for Christmas a couple of years ago so he plays his. I got the XBox 1X, and I gave my other son the Xbox 1S, so everybody has their own Xbox and Nintendo Switch. There are times when they are up late at night playing their video games, and it’s really hard for me to get on them because I am up doing the same thing. There’s actually a proud part of me that is happy they embrace playing video games, but then there’s this other part of me that understands what other parents were saying [about video games] a long time ago. I am really making them angry here.”

If he would have felt accomplished if he never signed with WWE:

“I would have been happy in my career even if I hadn’t come to WWE. I have accomplished so much more than I thought I could. I have always had confidence in myself, but sometimes you need a little bit of help to get to the next level. So, the fact that I was able to accomplish as much as I did without WWE I believe is a big deal. It sure is a relief that I got here and am able to do well. If you can do well in WWE, you have accomplished something.”

Not taking as many risks now as he did in the independents:

“There was something that happened to me on the indies where it really made me change the way that I think. On the independent shows these guys were doing crazy dives, so I thought, ‘well, gosh, what am I going to do?’ I did a simple dive but made it look pretty and graceful and it got the same response if I would have done a crazy dive. I then thought, ‘wait a minute, so you have to make stuff look effortless, and smooth and the way you do it rather than what you do’. You have to have a mix of both to see where they fit, and the only way that you would know is through experience. People think that I have gotten older that is why I am slowing down, but that’s not the case. It just doesn’t fit, that is why it’s not there anymore. So many things are like that.”

Daniel Bryan returning to the ring:

“Selfishly, I was hoping he [Bryan] would have gotten cleared before. Did I expect him to be cleared? No, but the fact that he did is awesome. Reminded me of when Shawn Michaels came back. I remember just praying for him to not get hurt because you just never know, and then he goes out and becomes Shawn Michaels. I feel like I am in the best run of my career as well.”

The Miz was recently a guest on Busted Open Radio, below are some highlights:

His confidence rising over the years:

“It feels like now that I have been in WWE for over 12 years, I have developed this confidence where whatever situation I am in I know what to do. I don’t think I have had that type of confidence. I think that it takes a lot of time; a lot of matches and a lot of years to develop that type of confidence where no matter what situation you are in, you know exactly what to do, get the crowd to wherever you want them and be so confident that even if you fail it is still a success.”

Being a locker room leader:

“No. I don’t think I will ever be a locker room leader like The Undertaker or John Cena. That is just not my role. I am not someone that sits in the back watching the monitor and observing everyone. I have to get in the ring to feel exactly how you are. That is how I teach. I teach by example, instead of saying to them what they did wrong. I need to get in the ring with them and be able to feel what the are doing, so that is how I am able to teach. I am not one of those people that people go to and people ask for my advice. I don’t know, it’s tough for me to give a person advice when I wasn’t in the ring with them. I don’t know what their mindset is. I don’t know why they did what they did and when they did it. I have to hear an audience, and feel an audience to know exactly why I am doing something.”

High and low points when starting out in wrestling:

“I always thought the lowest point was developmental. I remember waking up at Deep South Wrestling and telling myself everyday that my body was drained, my mind was drained both physically and emotionally. Everyday I woke up thinking to myself that I can do this for one more day. Then I got up to the main roster and I thought, well, nobody likes me. I tried to find a place to change because I was kicked out [of the locker room]. That was obviously a low point. I will never forget not being able to find a restroom backstage so I went out to where the audience was. I will never forget going to the bathroom and little kids going, ‘Oh my God. It’s The Miz!’ There is no worse feeling than wanting to portray a star in WWE and you are in a bathroom and little kids are looking at you like, oh wow. That was a low point. The high point is obviously main eventing WrestleMania. High point right now is any time I went out with my wife. Anytime you can have your significant other next to you and you can sit there and look at each other and be around eachother 100% of the time. I mean, we just had a daughter. That is definitely the highest point of my life. The fact that I am not with her and I am in Corpus Christi, Texas. I am at the point in my life now where any time I come home when I see her and she sees me she smiles everytime. This is the hardest time in my life by not being with her all the time. Maryse is absolutely an incredible mother. I didn’t pick up really that quickly. I am not a natural at being a dad. It is something that I had to work hard for. I always had to work hard at everything. That is exactly what I am doing, just doing the best that I can. Whenever I come home I want to just put her in my arms and keep her in my arms. People are like, oh, what about changing? I love changing. I love giving her baths. I love dancing and singing to her and doing all these stuff you wouldn’t expect a WWE Superstar to do.”

Daniel Bryan was recently interviewed by Inside the Ropes to discuss his time back in the ring after a three-year absence. Bryan talked about his current feud with Big Cass, and his thoughts on it happening despite other dream matches fans would like to see him in. Upon Bryan’s return to the SmackDown Live in-ring roster, Cass was his first singles feud, and has been going on for the past two months.

Although people have criticized Bryan’s feud with Big Cass, Bryan looks at it from a different perspective.

“I’m a big believer, and I know everybody wants to see the big matches, right,” said Bryan. “And I would have loved to come back and gone right into the big matches with — you know we did a match with me and AJ Styles on SmackDown but like, especially now with the brand split — ok, Samoa Joe, right, like Shinsuke Nakamura, like all these things. But, I also think you need to build to those, and I’m somebody who’s always, whether it’s been here, or Ring of Honor, or whatever, worked really hard at helping to bring new guys up.

“Because the idea of old-timer who is like trying to keep his position and hold everybody down, I don’t think that works, and I don’t think that’s sustainable. I think we need to build everybody up, and if everybody seems like superstars, then the whole company is more fun to watch. So, I’ve actually enjoyed, I don’t enjoy getting booted in the face, but I enjoy the challenge of wrestling somebody who’s that big, and newer, and that sort of thing. I think it’s a good opportunity for him to show what he can do.”

Bryan added that one thing that he misses from his days on the indie circuit is that you get to wrestle people that you do not know very well, “because that’s a test to how skilled you are.”

He mentioned the first time he wrestled Dean Ambrose, and how he had to undress in the back of a car in front of people he did not know and wear his ring gear the rest of the ride to the arena to go straight to the match. He enjoyed the thrill of competing against Ambrose for the first time, and realized how good he was after their match.

Since Bryan has returned to in-ring competition, he has suffered a clean loss to Rusev, as well as was choked out by Samoa Joe in the #1 contender Money in the Bank qualifying match.

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Paige has slotted nicely into her role as SmackDown General Manager since her unveiling in April, with her portrayal as a fair, balanced authority figure making her a great successor for Daniel Bryan.

Her work has drawn largely positive reactions from WWE audiences, and according to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson, WWE are just as enamoured with the 25-year-old.

As per Johnson on a recent episode of Elite Audio, the company are “extremely happy” with Paige’s position on SmackDown, and want to utilise her even more in the build-up to the biographical Fighting With My Family film, which releases in March 2019.

Paige will likely receive a lot more screentime as a means of promoting the film, but she definitely won’t be wrestling any time soon. As was revealed a few weeks ago, if the former Divas Champion is ever cleared to compete again, it won’t be for another 15-20 years.

Having hurt her surgically repaired neck at a December 2017 house show, Paige didn’t formally announce her retirement until the night after WrestleMania 34. It was a devastating blow, particularly as it came so soon after her return from a 17-month absence, but the company have done right by repositioning her on SmackDown.

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad bin Salman has received a stern warning from Yemen-based Islamist group al-Qaeda as a consequence of his apparent efforts to liberalise the kingdom – including inviting WWE to town for April’s Greatest Royal Rumble.

al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a statement condemning the Gulf regime for introducing “sinful” Western “absurdities” which have “opened the door wide for corruption and moral degradation.” Whilst irked at the prince for “replacing mosques with movie theatres,” the extremist group’s main source of ire was Vince and co’s sojourn to Jeddah.

“[Foreign] disbelieving wrestlers exposed their privates, and on most of them was the sign of the cross, in front of a mixed gathering of young Muslim men and women,” they railed.

We must have missed that part.

AQAP’s strictures against the prince are as political as they are ideological. The cell is currently waging war with a Saudi-led Arab Coalition as part of the ongoing Yemeni civil conflict; drumming up hatred against their belligerents on doctrinal grounds serves a practical purpose in aiding recruitment for the 4000 strong militant group.

The war has been ongoing since 2015, resulting in over 13,000 deaths and a staggering three million displaced Yemenis.